Four main research foci occupy our lab members these days:
-Using a comparative approach to study the neural encoding of chirps, paired with behavioral assessment of their perceptual capacity, to understand how neural codes, communication signals and behaviors co-evolved (e.g. Allen & Marsat, 2018; Allen & Marsat, 2019; click on these links for the pdf).
-Understanding how specific neural properties like bursting or neural heterogeneity is shaped and specialized for specific tasks (e.g. Ly & Marsat, 2018; Motipally et al, 2019; click on these links for the pdf).
-Starting to understand how the spatial aspect of communication signals is encoded, how space is represented in the sensory system, and how the spatial dynamics of stimuli influence sensory responses (e.g. Milam, Ramachandra & Marsat, 2019; click on this link for the pdf).
-Improve the computational and analytical methods used to study neural coding and neural processing. This includes decoding models, spike train analysis, machine learning, ect ... (e.g. Marsat et al. 2021; click this link to the pre-press article).